School Vitality Updates
At the PJP Advisory Board Meeting on Wednesday, October 30, Mr. Bernard Dumond presented the final School Vitality Strategic Vision Document for PJPII. This document is the culmination of a full year of work by Administration, Faculty, Staff, parents, alumni, students and many other stakeholders.
The Strategic Vision Document is available for review, just click on the link.
How did we get to this document?
- October 2018 - Administration completed an overall School Vitality Assessment.
- March 2019 - Mr. Dumond held one-on-one interviews with over 40 stakeholders (faculty, staff, alumni, parents) over a two-day period.
- May/June 2019 - The PJP Tomorrow Committee and PJP Advisory Board held multiple listening sessions open to the entire PJP Community.
- May/June 2019 - Faculty/Staff teams developed goals for each area of School Vitality, along with strategies and tactics to achieve those goals.
- August 2019 - School Vitality Summit is held, with attendees casting votes to determine the priorities for the goals.
- October 2019 - Strategic Vision Document presented to Administration, Faculty, Staff and Advisory Board.
The Strategic Vision is a living document, with updates and changes to be made as determined by Administration.
Thank you to every single person that helped with this process. With the commitment of members of the PJPII Community, our future is bright!
In early September, we submitted a Request For Proposal for a Facility Master Plan, in support of the following School Vitality Goal, ranked #2:
Facilities #18 - To establish a Facilities Master Plan that creates a safe, environmentally conscious and engaging school campus.
Earlier this week, we received proposals from all four firms. Each firm will do a presentation at the next PJP Advisory Board Meeting on 10/30/19 at 6:00pm in the Cafeteria.
All Advisory Board meetings are open to the public. If you are interested, you are welcome to attend the meeting.
The Pope John Paul II Executive Team is spending more time crunching numbers and analyzing data, specifically to help our athletic teams and school clubs manage their budgets effectively. Financial security will provide an important foundation for the future of PJPII. We are working to establish new standards and protocols to guarantee our success for the next 40+ years.
Operational Vitality - Goal # 11: To create financial accountability at all levels.
The Executive Team, along with the Business Office, created a more detailed budget for all athletic teams, school clubs, and organizations. The objective is to provide data and resources to the coach/moderator to better manage spending. Executive Team members will work with the coach/moderator to further develop a detailed plan, and establish regular checkpoints and reporting for accountability.
Once the detailed plans for athletics and clubs are implemented, the Advancement Team can transform fundraising activities to focus our efforts and resources. With the PJPII Community working together, the future will be bright!
The Administration and Faculty at Pope John Paul II High School are committed to continuous improvement in the area of Academic Excellence. The ACT is a standard measurement to determine a student's preparedness for college. Parents and students alike consider it a priority, and ranked it as #3 during our School Vitality Summit.
Academic Excellence - Goal #8: To expose all students to the academic guidelines required to improve ACT scores from the student's admission to Pope John Paul II to their graduation.
In 2018, PJPII began using CERT (College Equipped Readiness Tool) to assist faculty and students in tracking progress on skills and improvement. Beginning in 8th grade, the test is given twice a year via iPad and once in the spring on paper, to mimic the ACT.
CERT allows schools to assess students through either online or offline test administrations. Furthermore:
- All CERT tests are age-appropriate and aligned with the Career and College Readiness Standards
- All CERT tests cover the content areas included in the ACT: English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science
- All CERT tests match the format (i.e., # of questions, question types, difficulty level, timing, etc.) of the current ACT, PreACT, and EXPLORE tests
CERT provides valuable data to EVERY stakeholder. Students, Teachers, Principals, and Superintendents can, as appropriate, access reports on:
- Individual and group composite performance
- Individual and group performance by subject area (English, Mathematics, Reading, or Science)
- Individual and group performance on three levels of the Career and College Readiness Standards
- Individual and group performance on subject-specific content that is organized using language that is generally familiar to students and teachers
In addition to its assessment functionality, CERT provides remedial instruction to students through researched-based, instructional video lessons. Lessons can be accessed via:
- An online Exam Room that provides each student performance feedback and video answer explanations for each and every test question
- An online Study Hall that recommends subject-matter and strategy video lessons based on each individual student's performance
For more specific information on how parents and students can use CERT to improve their ACT score, go to www.certforschools.com.